Sunday, August 21, 2011

Whoops!

  • A man driving to work this morning on Chicago's Northwest Side got an unpleasant surprise when his SUV tumbled into a sinkhole.

    The incident happened at the intersection of Foster and Elston avenues at about 5:30 a.m., said police and a spokesman from the Chicago Department of Water Management.

    "I saw him actually climb out of the hole on a ladder," said Joe Springer, whose bar Rabbit's sits at the corner. "The cops told me he was okay."

    Tom LaPorte, the water management spokesman, said the 10-to-12-foot hole was believed to have developed after a water main broke under the street and the water washed away the layers of dirt supporting the road.
It ate the entire car:

Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt.

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37 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

scc, you should ask around to people who have seen the garage sale sign in 008. there is a sign of a garage sale to get bail money to get pookie out of jail. It even has a drawing of two stick figures behind bars saying,
help bail me out, my link comes in on the 21st". its pretty damn funny... side note, it just goes to show you what these animals use link cards for... he is going to repay those who get him out by cashing out his link card... what a system. If anyone here has that picture send it to scc...its classic!

8/21/2011 12:06:00 AM  
Blogger Phil Schitz here said...

WOW! Just like a Florida sinkhole!

8/21/2011 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous West Side, Inside Do-Nothing said...

We need a bigger one of these to develop under 3510 S. Michigan.

No doubt that'd boost morale.

8/21/2011 12:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, don't worry. We'll just trow a couple a tree four flower planters on top oh dat an it'll be good.

8/21/2011 05:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about one under the 5th floor of City Hall ? ?

8/21/2011 06:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Perry F'ing Mason said...

It's a seven-figure lawsuit for the city, that's for sure.

A slam dunk with all the TV coverage.

All I would have to do is tell the jury, "It was on TV - pay the man!"

All my friends visited Mr. Khim in the hospital to hand him their card but I was there first.

Next case.

8/21/2011 06:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need a bigger one of these to develop under 3510 S. Michigan.

No doubt that'd boost morale.
+++++

It would have to be deep enough that no ladder could reach those inside. Not that anyone would offer one......

8/21/2011 06:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor motorist.

8/21/2011 07:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question. I remember handling a car in a sink hole about 25 years ago. The report was made on a missile card, as it was not technichally a crash. Is that how this incident was reported? Just wondering.

8/21/2011 07:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All kidding aside, our infrastructure is crumbling everyday. look at the supports that hold up bridges and viaducts. it's not a question of if they collapse, but when.

Remember all the warnings that were given before the tunnel downtown collapsed? same thing brewing here. . . .

8/21/2011 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh...so that's how you get the spare tire off the Tahoe!

8/21/2011 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Global warming. Right, Tom Laporte? Just like you said basement flooding was partly global warming's fault. What a great excuse for everything. If he was driving an electric car, he wouldn't have gone in that sink hole. Right?

8/21/2011 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad it couldn't be me in my junker car... medical time, lawsuit time.... awww! quit dreamin'!

8/21/2011 10:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get the car out of there and fill up the hole with speed bumps.

A little hot mix on top, and we're good...

8/21/2011 11:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT when is the dept going to offer requalification courses for auxiliary weapons? It's been 13 months since I last qualified!!!

8/21/2011 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they got that new pothole machine I heard. Fire it up.

8/21/2011 12:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Word on the street is this driver didn't buy his city vehicle sticker and this is the way the city plans to deal with such offenders. Beware.

8/21/2011 01:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 days off then back to work to drive in circles in the deployment action area. awesome mann

8/21/2011 02:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Auxiliary Re-qualifications must not be a department priority, but God forbid an officer involved shooting investigation reveals the officer "failed to comply" with the yearly qualification procedures. You WILL take days and its total bullshit. And if they expect me not to carry my auxiliary weapon on the street until im qualified, they are fucking high.

8/21/2011 05:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I drive by there all the time, kinda of scary!

8/21/2011 05:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since it's the weekend streets and sans won't fix it till Monday

8/21/2011 05:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no wonder my water pressure was low.....

8/21/2011 06:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good luck recovering you loss through the shitty, you wont receive payment for @ least 6 years & they'll go back to 1982 to see if you have any outstanding parking tickets. Chicagah way Sopranos style

8/21/2011 09:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Bobbo said...

The plumbing system of this city is really in need of some repairs. Its so outdated. Hey Chicago, you ever gonna allow PVC pipes in exterior work? You know, house to sewer....

8/21/2011 09:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need a bigger one of these to develop under 3510 S. Michigan.
+++++

It would have to be deep enough that no ladder could reach those inside. Not that anyone would offer one......

--8/21/2011 06:35:00 AM

God, we can hope, can't we?

This sort of thing is exhaustively cataloged here --

http://www.entrances2hell.co.uk/

8/21/2011 09:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It even has a drawing of two stick figures behind bars saying,
help bail me out..."

--8/21/2011 12:06:00 AM

Uh,

>words fail me<

Uh, given what we see and hear every day, I think the word we're looking for is "disincentive."

I don't know about contributions from the guys who tore another pair of pants or put their back out hauling your wild ass down off that chain-link while you were kicking them in the face, but we can probably figure a way to catch you wrong enough to be able to shoot you.

Does that help?

8/21/2011 09:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"no wonder my water pressure was low....."

--8/21/2011 06:55:00 PM

You thought open hydrants were bad. Now we got the Luray Caverns -- remember those bumper stickers? -- running out 50,000 gallons per minute into some kind of vast underground river.

The Asian Carp are gonna get into the water system itself if this keeps up.

8/21/2011 09:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"2 days off then back to work to drive in circles in the deployment action area. awesome mann"

--8/21/2011 02:49:00 PM

Just heard in walking by the radio or TV that someone else just got shot "in the box" where the pregnant 17-year-old got it.

It's too weird. What, we get TWO full moons this month or something?

8/21/2011 09:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand the guy was not hurt. I would have been! They would have had to airlift me out of that hole! Rahm wouldn't have been able to Balance his budget this year or next! LOL

8/21/2011 09:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OFF TOPIC again. Illinois ranks 3rd in the nation for decline in new housing permits, and third in the nation for states in which no one wants to buy a new home.

http://finance.yahoo.com/real-estate/article/113351/states-no-one-buys-new-home-247?mod=realestate-buy

8/21/2011 10:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Sparta!

8/21/2011 11:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! It's The Mary Mitchell Sinkhole!

8/22/2011 09:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I understand the guy was not hurt. I would have been! They would have had to airlift me out of that hole! Rahm wouldn't have been able to Balance his budget this year or next! LOL"

--8/21/2011 09:51:00 PM

Just saw a picture of the fellow in a hospital bed -- he was admitted, and had an IV going. Older gentleman. Freaking car was upside down, came out that way in the slings.

Liability? Oh ho. Just you wait.

8/22/2011 12:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Asian Carp are gonna get into the water system itself if this keeps up.

8/21/2011 09:45:00 PM




free fish for everyone!

8/22/2011 02:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any City of Chicago approved repair shop will be able to buff that out....

8/23/2011 12:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I predict this will be happening alot more in the next year... and yes, thats how you get the tire off the Tahoe.

8/23/2011 12:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And our wonderful Mayor laid off a whole bunch of people who fix these things! What a guy!!!! The street in front of my house has caved in 4 times in the last year. Throw gravel in it and leave it. Thats all that gets done now. Hey Mayor! Let's lay off even MORE working men and women! That will fix EVERYTHING! Use the money for more flowers and new playgrounds for the drug dealers to hang out in. They have standards too you know!

8/24/2011 02:03:00 PM  

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